What time do you want to meet for lunch? Be there at 13:00, but I won’t come until 14:00 to eat.
This is how Fox Sports unfairly promotes the start time of the World Cup. That disrespect, however, is not unexpected.
For eight years since Monday’s highly-anticipated United States v Wales match, Fox’s graphics have consistently said “coverage starts at 1”.
One problem? The start was at 2.
While others do, it’s especially bad when the event takes place across the world in Qatar with a time difference that makes the start time unusual for fans.
For the Argentina game on Tuesday morning, Fox Sports promoted the broadcast to start at 4am, even though kick-off is at 5am
Who needs another hour of sleep? Additionally, subjecting a fan to Alexi Lalas in the pregame is cruel and unusual punishment at any time.
In the height of candor on Monday morning, working on England’s demolition of Iran, player-by-player Ian Darke, aged 68 and struggling to do what he wants, added that the United States game would actually start at 2pm, but that not the norm. We haven’t heard any other Fox Sports announcer do that in two days of coverage.
Of all the problems with the World Cup, this is not at the top of the list. Qatar has bribed its way into hosting the event, resulting in the games being moved from summer to winter, a ban on selling beer to fans in the stadium and, most recently, players being banned from wearing the captain’s rainbow “OneLove” anti-anti. – discriminatory armbands with the risk of getting a yellow card if they do.
Follow all the action from the 2022 World Cup with more information from the New York Post
Like NBC and the Olympics, Fox did not choose the host of the Cup, but dictates how it is covered. It goes without saying that they are there to show the games. But you have to be there before the fire starts, so issues around these games need to be part of the coverage because they can end up being a very big deal.
First, maybe Fox Sports can tell fans the right time to show up for lunch.
Iger’s impact on ESPN
Bob Iger’s return to Disney will have repercussions at ESPN. That’s probably a positive for ESPN, as Iger was a fan during his first reign at Disney. (How could he not, since his earnings allowed him to buy a lot of other things?) Iger chose Jimmy Pitaro to head ESPN, so he’ll likely want to keep him on a similar path. Iger also has a strong connection to the NBA, which likely means good things for Disney/ABC/ESPN’s potential continued relationship with the league when the new TV rights deals come up for renewal in 2025. However, Iger failed to make Disney’s stock jump on his return because he was unwilling to change course. . … One really interesting question, “What if?” If Iger had returned to head Disney a year ago, would Al Michaels, who is friends with Iger, end up returning to “Monday Night Football?” That would change the entire landscape of the crazy NFL TV free agency we just witnessed.
Clicker Book Club
World Cup Reading: Papa Clicker writes that as the world watches the 2022 World Cup, author Clemente A. Lisi “The World Cup, A History of the Greatest Sporting Event on the Planet” details each year’s key matches, the changes that have taken place over the years (for example the introduction of red and yellow cards and the recent use of the Video Assistant Referee or VAR) and biographies of some of the game’s GOATs from 1930 to the present day. This book is both an enjoyable read and a handy reference. Papa Clicker, Herb Marchand, gives it a really strong 4.5 out of 5 clickers.